The world is made up of some truly fascinating places. While I have been fortunate to visit quite a few, (Belize, Hawaii, the Greek Islands, and Israel – just to name some favorites), my wanderlust continually grows. I am often inspired by where other’s go (especially bloggers), so therefore: I have asked some of my favorite travel bloggers this question: “Where would you urge people to travel in 2014”. The answers I received are like no other – from North America to Asia to Central America and everywhere in between. With that said, go farther in 2014. Explore a new destination, or two, or three, or four. Here’s some inspiration: 1. Crete, Greece (our pick for 2014!) Being the largest of the Greek Islands, there is just so much to explore on Crete. We enjoyed our time there by admiring the underwater world, exploring desolate beaches, and even learning how olive oil is made. Make sure to include Balos Bay and Gramvousa on your itinerary- a few breathtaking spots not to be missed. 2. Lisbon, Portugal – Mrs O Around the World I know I’m biased but I do honestly think that Lisbon, Portugal is an underrated city. Besides being pleasant to the eye, it is the people and the amazing food that really make it stand out. Originally my hometown, it is a place I go back to at least twice a year – being so close to the beach, it makes it an interesting city break too. And less than 1 hour away, you have one of the world’s best kept secrets: the Alentejo region, which is unspoilt and defined in two words: wine country. 3. Rio de Janiero – A Lady in London Rio de Janeiro is the place to be in 2014. As one of the host cities of the World Cup in June and July, Rio is going to be busy all year with festivities and events centered around the soccer. Even non-sports fans can go and enjoy the city’s famous beaches, rich history, and beautiful natural landscapes. Don’t forget to bring your party clothes, either, as Rio is a city that never sleeps. 4. Egypt – Breakaway Backpacker I would urge people to go to Egypt in 2014 because no tourists are there. Literally you will have some of the most amazing sites in the world to yourself and a hand full of people. As for is it safe given all the political turmoil that happened in 2013? The answer is yes! Unless you are in the middle of a protest the chances of something happening to you are very slim. No country gives you what Egypt can. It’s the cradle of civilization and gives you the Pyramids, Temples, Nile, Sahara Desert, pristine beaches and much more. I lived there for 7 months so if you need help planning your trip there let me know & I’ll be more than happy to help you. 5. Myanmar – Jdombs Travels One place Jennifer, of JdombsTravels.com, would urge people to travel to in 2014 is Myanmar. The country, long closed off to visitors, is definitely open for business. Things are changing quickly, so go now before this hidden gem isn’t South East Asia’s secret any longer. Not to be missed is Bagan, the ancient city of more than 4000 pagodas in just a 20-mile radius easily covered on bike. And for a jaw-dropping view, take the skies withBalloons Over Bagan to get a birds-eye view of golden stupas set ablaze as the sun rises. 6. Dominica – Green Global Travel There are so many amazing ecotourism destinations in the world, but the island of Dominica (a.k.a. the Nature Island) is really special. Compared to other Caribbean islands it’s pristine, with very little development and a ton of natural attractions. There’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO site), the 114-mile Waitukabuli National Trail, gorgeous waterfalls like the one at Emerald Pool, great snorkeling/diving at Champagne Reef, and sea turtles laying eggs on the beaches at night. But one of our favorite Dominica memories was the time we spent with the indigenous Kalinago people (a.k.a. the Caribs). The island recently made the Top 10 list of the World’s Best Ethical Travel Destinations for 2014, and we would go back again in a heartbeat! 7. Costa Rica – Suitcase Stories Costa Rica was never high on my travel list. However, we ended up spending 2 months there in 2013 and it has become one of my most favorite moments of the year. For such a small country there is so much to do in Costa Rica. Take for example the gorgeous beaches with great surf, the zip lines with amazing views, or perhaps hiking through the jungle to find wild sloths and monkeys is more your style. Travel in Costa Rica is very safe and a while lot of fun. It’s where you will find some of the best that nature has to offer. 8. Portugal – GlobetrotterGirls While thrill seekers scour the globe for new and undiscovered spots in far-flung spots, our recommendation for 2014 is instead an oft-overlooked destination right under all our noses: Portugal. Diminutive next to its more popular Iberian neighbor, we’d say to start with Lisbon, the sunny, laidback small(ish) multicultural and modern capital set on seven hills. This city is inexpensive, has great coffee, sweets, seafood and Indian cuisine, overlooks the wide Tegus River and is just a short ride from miles-long stretches of beach. But don’t stop there, as Portugal is the perfect European vacation in micro-form: 200 miles of beach in the Algarve, Porto is increasingly known for much more than its famous wine, islands like Madeira, even the Azores, way out in the Atlantic ocean, plus tiny medieval towns and roman ruins, colorful Moorish castles like in Sintra and easy transportation throughout the country. 9. Krabi, Thailand – The Fighting Couple One of our fave places is a little town called Krabi, Thailand. Located just two hours west of touristy Phuket are a collection of some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world. Rent a small boat and just island hop for the day. Find the perfect little island paradise for you and your lover. After of hard day of lounging on the beach, watch the sunset at the Laelay Grill perched over the bay. They are fine purveyors of fresh seafood and romantic views. Krabi is the perfect destination for 2014! 10. Berlin, Germany – Over Yonderlust Berlin, Germany is the only city that I will ever claim to be cooler than my hometown of Austin, Texas. With a thriving international food scene, some of the best street art I’ve ever seen, a massive party scene that will have you leaving the club around brunch time, and more museums than you can shake a stick at, a piece of my heart will always be left with this fabulous city. A few must-dos include exploring the open air street art “museum” at Teufelsberg (an old spy station), getting a doner kebap at Mustafas, heading to the Currywurst Museum, and taking in a bit of history at the East Side Gallery – a piece of the Berlin Wall featuring artists from around the world. 11. Italy – Mapping Megan I would absolutely urge people to travel to Italy! For a start, you don’t need an excuse to eat pizza and gelato every day, it’s expected; as is an indulgence in the finest Italian wines! The culture and history on display in Italy is superior to anywhere else in the world; walk amongst preserved ancient ruins of what was once the greatest Empire on Earth! But I’m not only talking of Rome – sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Sicily offer some of Italy’s best ruins. The coastlines are far from ruined – head to the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre for the most spectacular coastal scenery the world has to offer. 12. Montreal, Canada – Traveller Soul If there is a place I can urge anyone to visit it would have to be Montreal, Canada. Located only a few hours away from major North American cities, it is the 2nd largest French speaking city outside of Paris, and there is no need to cross the ocean! The city comes alive in the spring & you can definitely feel it sizzling in the summer! Its nightlife and party scene are renowned the world over. There are festivals after festivals like the F1 Grand Prix race in June, followed by the Jazz festival in July among many. Montreal is definitely worth visiting! À bientôt! 13. Oulanka National Park, Finland – Global Grasshopper Located in the northeast of Finland, Oulanka is a vast national park that borders Russia and consists of wild forests, deep valleys and fast flowing rivers. In the winter, this beautiful area becomes a snow covered wilderness, offering all kinds of activities. We spent a week here, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and skiing. Highlights included driving our own husky sled far up into the north of Finnish Lapland, and watching the northern lights dance across the sky every night. Our must-see destination for 2014. 14. Maui, Hawaii After spending some time here, I ultimately decided Maui is a place I could honestly see myself living. With so much adventure packed into such a tiny island, the water and land activities are endless. Don’t skip the Road to Hana, black sand beaches, Haleakala at sunrise, and snorkeling (where sea turtle sightings are pretty common!) Oh, and make sure to have some shave ice, hula pie, and kalua pig. Are any of these on your bucket list for 2014?! Did you enjoy this post? If so, please consider sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or via Email. 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